Apr
28

Ability Pittsburgh helps students sharpen life skills

“Enlightening and a great experience…I have learned more about the opportunities that are out there.” This was the overall sentiment of the 350 students with disabilities who attended Ability Pittsburgh on April 16 at the Senator John Heinz History Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate. Coming from schools throughout the city, the students, aged 14 to 21,… Continue reading Ability Pittsburgh helps students sharpen life skills

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Apr
28

You wouldn’t want to come across this in your backyard

Sixty million years ago a giant boa-like snake weighing more than a ton and stretching 42 feet from head to tail slithered through the rainforests of South America, searching out the crocodiles and turtles that were its prey. Excavations in an open-pit coal mine in Colombia co-organized by Carlos Jaramillo, staff scientist at the Smithsonian… Continue reading You wouldn’t want to come across this in your backyard

Apr
28

Growing up Great with Science

The Air and Space Museum received a two-year grant of $384,000 from the PNC Foundation to improve science education for pre-kindergarten students in District of Columbia public schools. The Grow Up Great with Science grant was announced at an educational activity day for D.C. public-school students at the museum’s Mall location on April 21. The… Continue reading Growing up Great with Science

Apr
28

People on the Move

Daniel Sheehy, left, became Acting Director of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage on April 13. He replaced Richard Kennedy, who retired from the Smithsonian after more than 20 years of service. Kennedy had been serving as Acting Director of the Center since October 2007. Kennedy came to SI to curate the Hawaii program… Continue reading People on the Move

Apr
28

Staff in the News

Natural History John Kress, curator and research scientist in the Department of Botany, and SI Libraries curator Leslie Overstreet were featured April 12 in a special segment of “CBS Sunday Morning” that highlighted his collaboration with photographer Jonathan Singer on Botanica Magnifica. The original folio copy of this magnificent collection of photographs of rare plants… Continue reading Staff in the News

Apr
28

News and Notes

‘Star Trek’ tickets on sale now Boldly go where no one has gone before in the Airbus IMAX Theater with a young, new crew in the latest installment of the Star Trek series. See how the crew of starship U.S.S. Enterprise came together and began their journey at the Starfleet Academy. “Star Trek: The IMAX… Continue reading News and Notes

Apr
15

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Apr
15

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